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Jack Zipes

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Full Name: Jack David Zipes
Born: June 7, 1937
New York City, New York, USA
Occupation: Academic and folklorist
Nationality: American


Jack Zipes is an American academic and folklorist who has published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales, their evolution, and their social and political role in civilizing processes. According to Zipes, fairy tales "serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation: the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales reveal the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society." His arguments are avowedly based on the critical theory of the Frankfurt School and more recently theories of cultural evolution.

Zipes received a B.A. in political science from Dartmouth College in 1959 and an M.A. in English and comparative literature at Columbia University in 1960. From there, Zipes studied at the University of Munich in 1962 and the University of Tübingen in 1963. He earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature (with a dissertation on the Romantic hero in German and American literature) from Columbia in 1965.

After teaching American literature at the University of Munich (1966-1967), Zipes taught German literature and drama, comparative folklore and literary theory (specializing in the Frankfurt School) at New York University (1967-1972), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1972-1986) and the University of Florida (1986-1989) before moving to the department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, where he was department chair (1994-1998) and is currently professor emeritus of German. He has also held notable visiting professorships in the theater department of the Free University of Berlin (1978-1979) and the German department of Columbia University (1984). He has translated the complete 1857 edition of fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. As of October 19, 2014, he has finished translating the first edition of 1812 and 1815.

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